Michael Wyschogrod's Messianic Zionism

This essay presents an integrated account of Michael Wyschogrod's Zionism as a function of his broader theological anthropology, eschatology, and carnal interpretation of Israel's election. Against Leora Batnitzky, I show that Wyschogrod's Zionism, while definitively messianic, is dec...

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Main Author: Ozar, Alex (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: [2015]
In: Journal of religious ethics
Year: 2015, Volume: 43, Issue: 4, Pages: 606-628
Further subjects: B messianism
B Jewish thought
B Zionism
B theological ethics
B political theology
B Michael Wyschogrod
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Summary: This essay presents an integrated account of Michael Wyschogrod's Zionism as a function of his broader theological anthropology, eschatology, and carnal interpretation of Israel's election. Against Leora Batnitzky, I show that Wyschogrod's Zionism, while definitively messianic, is decidedly not fanatical or fundamentalist. Against Meir Soloveichik, I show that Wyschogrod has maintained this non-fanatical messianism consistently throughout his career, and so his pacific political prescriptions are organically at one with his vigorous calls for Jewish sovereignty over the land.
ISSN: 1467-9795
DOI: 10.1111/jore.12115
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1111/jore.12115"